[Snort-users] Re: [Snort-devel] Site and license updates

Mike Poor mike at ...13165...
Fri Mar 11 06:40:21 EST 2005


just wanted to say that you rock amigo.  You deserve success after all
the work you put into this.  Im down here at Virginia Tech teaching the
IDS class to a group of 300 and a number of people were talking about
the license.  At first I had read the Snort-dev post from you and
thought that it was very cool and classy.  Then I saw the license
agreement and the fee schedule and felt that it was  abit harsh.. but
hey who am I to critisize.  I got into class the other day and a number
of students were chatting about the license, some didnt care for it,
somer were ambivalent.  I weighed in and said... look, if you want rules
asap, write them yourself or pay the fee.  If you dont like the
license... write your own damn IDS.

Just figured Id thank you publicly for writing a kickass tool, one that
made learning fun and available to thousands of packet geeks everywhere.

domo arigato gozaimas,

Mike Poor

On Wed, Mar 09, 2005 at 05:54:55PM -0500, the great Martin Roesch wrote:
> You squealed, we listened!
> Ok guys, based on feedback from the community we have made a few 
> changes to the license and web site.
> 1. The feared audit provision has been replaced by the following:
> License Compliance. You may be requested by Sourcefire to provide a 
> certificate, signed by your authorized representative, that you are 
> using the VRT Certified Rules consistent with a Permitted Use.  In the 
> event your use of the VRT Certified Rules is not in compliance with a 
> Permitted Use, or if you otherwise violate the terms of this Agreement, 
> Sourcefire may, since remedies at law may be inadequate, in addition to 
> its other remedies: (a) demand return of the VRT Certified Rules; (b) 
> forbid and enjoin your further use of the VRT Certified Rules; (c) 
> assess you a use fee appropriate to your actual use of the VRT 
> Certified Rules.
> The revised license is now available at 
> http://www.snort.org/about_snort/licenses/vrt_license.html. All 
> Sourcefire VRT Certified Rulesets will be governed by this license 
> unless otherwise communicated by Sourcefire.
> 2. Oink Codes for Oinkmaster are now generated based on your username 
> and do not require an Internet IP address of the snort box. Previous 
> Oink Codes generated with an IP address will still work as expected.
> 3. The Rule Search functionality is currently being revised and will be 
> available this week.
> I would like to thank everyone for being patient as we are rolling out 
> these new changes. If you have any other questions or concerns about 
> the licensing or web site, please let us know. As I have said before, 
> we continue to have the interest of the Snort community at heart so we 
> are always willing to listen and try to improve.
> If anyone has any questions or comments please send mail to me or 
> snort-feedback at ...1935... and we'll get back to you.
> -- 
> Martin Roesch - Founder/CTO, Sourcefire Inc. - +1-410-290-1616
> Sourcefire - Discover.  Determine.  Defend. - http://www.sourcefire.com
> Snort: Open Source Intrusion Detection and Prevention - 
> http://www.snort.org
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